Numerous media outlets quoted or aired all or part of a statement Sen. John McCain made criticizing Sen. Barack Obama for giving a "political speech" in Berlin while "a candidate for the office of the presidency," but none noted that McCain himself gave a "political speech" in a foreign country last month, speaking to the Economic Club of Toronto in Ottawa, Canada, on a trip paid for by his presidential campaign.
The Hill and Bloomberg News uncritically reported Sen. John McCain's false suggestion in a June 10 speech that Sen. Barack Obama plans to raise taxes on 21.6 million small businesses that file taxes under the individual income tax. However, Obama has proposed rolling back the Bush tax cuts only on "people who are making 250,000 dollars a year or more," and according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, only 481,000 small businesses fall into the tax brackets that would be affected by those increases.
Bloomberg reported attacks by Sen. John McCain and a Republican strategist on Sen. Barack Obama on the issue of public financing in the general election. But while the headline asserted that Obama "Risks 'Pristine' Image" over public financing, and the article said that "Obama and McCain are vying to be seen as reformers," Bloomberg did not report other facts that detract from McCain's reported efforts "to be seen as" a "reformer."
A Bloomberg article noted that Sen. John McCain "has pledged to take public financing [for the general election presidential campaign] if the Democrat does. His campaign noted that [Sen. Barack] Obama 'promised the American people' he would take public financing," then quoted a McCain adviser as saying, "Senator McCain isn't in the habit of breaking his word, and he hopes Senator Obama doesn't either." The article did not report that McCain could be breaking federal law for failing to abide by restrictions placed on candidates participating in the public financing system during their party's primary season.
Margaret Carlson falsely claimed of Sen. Hillary Clinton, "Everyone responsible for bringing peace to Northern Ireland is on the record saying her claim to involvement there is complete fiction." In fact, several figures involved in "bringing peace to Northern Ireland" -- including former Sen. George Mitchell, U.S. special envoy to Northern Ireland and former Social Democratic and Labour Party leader John Hume -- have reportedly stated that Clinton played a role in the peace process.
A Bloomberg News article about the indictment of Rep. Rick Renzi reported Sen. John McCain's reaction to the indictment, but did not report that McCain named Renzi a co-chairman of his presidential campaign in Arizona, months after it was reported that Renzi was under federal investigation.
In recent reports on President Bush's September 20 statement that he "[a]bsolutely" would order U.S. troops into Pakistan to capture Osama bin Laden, Bloomberg News and Reuters joined CNN in ignoring Bush's contradictory statement that the United States could send troops into Pakistan to hunt for bin Laden unless it was "invited" to do so, because Pakistan is a "sovereign nation."